Sunday, 30 November 2014

1. Vorweihnachts-Lesewochenende: Sonntag

My day started pretty early today, I got up at about 8, had breakfast, watched some TV... And now I am sitting in the garden already, enjoying the beautiful weather. 

Instead of hot coffee or tea I am having an Iced Coffee now and will continue reading The Stand 

That is our veggie corner and I am happy that almost everything is growing well.. Apart from the capsicum :D the first of the beetroot should be ready to eat very soon :) It is soo nice to just go into the garden when you need special herbs for cooking and use your own vegetables ;)

Well, that wasn't much of a reading day.. Unfortunately I got a really bad headache and couldn't think of books or blogging anymore -.- Hope this week gets better, at least I finished work early already ;-)

Saturday, 29 November 2014

1. Vorweihnachts-Lesewochenende: Samstag

Let it begin!

As some of you might now, I am living half a world away in Australia since October 2013 and Christmas here is totally different! First of all, it is summer. No snow, no cold & cuddly evenings on the couch with a nice cup of tea, no Christmas markets, no Gluehwein. The whole atmosphere is a lot different and there is no way I can ever get used to Christmas in summer ;-)

Nevertheless I try to enjoy Christmas time, I will bake some traditional german cookies, listen to Rolf Zuckowski's Christmas CD's and maybe try making my own Gluehwein :D

Aaand I will read lots of books!

Today I already finished one short story from the anthology Wastelands: Story of the Apocalypse. It was called Waiting for the Zephyr and was written by Tobias S. Buckell. It was also the story I liked least so far and mainly because it was way too short and random. It's about a girl who plans to run away from home because she wants to lead a more interesting & exciting life. She does just that in the end and gets a position on the ship "Zephyr". And that's it.

The next story is called Never Despair by Jack McDevitt and I hope that this one will be better.

I also read a bit of The Stand by Stephen King and just finished chapter 7 (about 7%, 80 pages into it). It IS a really long book but so far I like it. Although King is still busy with the introduction of the main characters and the situation. There's some freak sickness that kills people pretty quickly and scientist are still trying to keep it quiet and find a cure.

I like lots of the characters already and love King's style of writing more and more. He creates so many interesting people, some of which I already fell for on the first pages of their introduction.

I also browsed a bit and found 3 thrillers that sound promising. I got samples and will decide later which of them to read.
The books are:
Jar City (A Reykjavik Murder Mystery 1) by Arnaldur Indridason
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
Snow Angels by James Thompson (--> this one I will probably get as I like the setting. It takes place in Finland just before Christmas and I liked the sample)

Hope you all have a nice weekend as well :)

Update #1 - 18:53

I read the next short story, Never Despair and liked it a lot! It is not that long either but creates an atmosphere of hope that's almost lost and contains some good dialogue.

But mostly I read The Stand which continues to impress me. A new character, Nick Andros got introduced and he's an interesting one! I don't like Larry Underwood as a character but still enjoy reading about him and especially his conversations with his mom. I don't think that the reader is supposed to like Larry..
It's frightening how casually King describes how fast the sickness is spreading.

I am at 9% (119 pages) now and would have read much more, but I still had to do some other things.

I made dinner, did some crocheting - I am making a Christmas present which I might show, if it turns out alright :D And I watched some episodes of Gracepoint, the American version. This show is amazingly good if you ask me, although it's nothing new.

I'll have a break from it now though and continue reading.

Love those lazy weekends ;-)

Arianas Vorweihnachts-Lesewochen

Ariana (Mein (Hoer-)Buechertagebuch) had the great idea of pre-Christmas reading weeks and I am happy to join in :)

You can have a look at rules and regulations here.

Basically everyone can chose whatever he or she reads although it would be nice if there is a connection to Christmas/Winter. And also everyone can chose whether he sets up special aims for himself, how much he reads, when he reads....etc.

I will probably start today and will post about once a week about what I am reading and how I am doing during the busy weeks before Christmas :) I will then update this post throughout the week whenever there's something worth telling you :)

Unfortunately I don't have any books that deal with Christmas but I will soon have a look at some Scandinavian thrillers so that I get at least the setting right (means: lots of snow :D )

Apart from that I will continue with The Stand by Stephen King and my post-apocalyptical anthology.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter Reading List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Here I present to you the books I'd like to read in the next few months (although it's not winter, but summer here ;-) )

1. Flammenwueste bei Akram El-Bahay --> I haven't read a German book in years and I miss it. Doesn't sound that captivating but there will be a discussion about it in my favourite online community and I will join in. Am really looking forward to it and hope that the book will be a fun read!

2. Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey --> because it is way too long ago that I read the first part of this trilogy and I feel like lots of romance and DRAMA and beautiful language.

3. The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey --> I am so curious about this one and only the fact that it still costs too much keeps me away from getting it.

4. The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb --> Because it's the only Hobb apart from the Soldier Son Trilogy I haven't read yet and this is a shame ;-)

5. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson --> I NEED this book so badly! But can't find it as an ebook anywhere (thank you,!). The print version is a bit expensive so I put it on my Christmas wishlist!

6. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson --> Because Sanderson.

7. Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier --> More romance and drama and kind of always the same story, but I like reading about Sevenwaters.

8. Rogues by George R. R. Martin and others --> I need short stories. Especially ones written by Rothfuss, Martin, Hobb, Gaiman....

9. Something by Stephen King --> I enjoy his books more and more. But not sure which one to pick yet!

10. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood --> I am into dystopian, apocalyptic tales right now so it is a good time to continue this trilogy.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

My plans for the weekend

I had a really busy week at work again and as expected, I didn't have the time to blog. On the other hand, I still had enough time to read and as I was lucky with my choice of literature, I finished 2 very good books last week. Just couldn't stop reading! Will review them later today or tomorrow maybe.
Today is a lovely day - 30 degrees, sunny and I am alone as my partner is on a boys' trip this weekend. This means I have plenty of time to read. 

I am not exactly sure about what to read next... I should finish Steelheart but don't feel like it at the moment, I want something magical and more medieval. So the choice is between Bound by Kate Sparkes and Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey. The first one is rather short so I probably read it first and hope it's a good read.

Lots of sunscreen, books and iced coffee ;-)